Student Health Services
Student Health Services Services is available to all actively enrolled students and can manage pre-existing conditions, as well as evaluate symptoms of new onset. Services performed at Student Health (physical exams, allergy shots, in-office lab tests, spirometry, etc.) are available at no charge. Insurance is necessary for any specialty referral or lab/radiology studies performed outside Student Health Services.
Primary Care Services
- Acute Medical Conditions Infections (Colds/Flu, Urinary Tract Infections, etc.).Illnesses/Symptoms: (Rashes, Fever, Lymphadenopathy, etc.).Injuries: (Sprains, Contusions, Minor Wounds).
- Chronic Medical Conditions: (Migraines, Asthma, Thyroid, Acne, High Blood Pressure, Hyperlipidemia, etc.).
- Mental Health Conditions: (Depression, Anxiety – often coordinated with our colleagues at CAPS for optimal interdisciplinary care).
- Minor Office Procedures: (minor suturing, cryotherapy, IUD placement/removal).
- Office (Point of Care)Testing includes: Spirometry, EKG, Vision Testing, Diagnostic Testing: Rapid Strep, Rapid Flu, Rapid Monospot, Pregnancy, Glucometer Urinalysis Office Microscopy).
- Routine laboratory and imaging studies appropriate for diagnostic or screening purposes as deemed necessary by the ordering SHS provider. Students are responsible for charges not covered by their health insurance.
Women’s Health Services
- Annual Gynecologic exams including pap smears
- Contraception: Oral Contraception, Nuvaring, Long Acting Reversible Contraception (Nexplanon Implants, IUDs), Depo-Provera
- Acute GYN issues: Abnormal bleeding, Pelvic Pain, UTI’s
- Testing: Pregnancy, STD Screening
- Annual Physical Exams
- Blood Pressure Screening
- Cholesterol Screening *
- Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening *
- TB Screening – no cost for annual TB Skin Testing required for occupational compliance.
- Flu Vaccination (no cost)
- Immunizations Available At Cost *: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Meningitis, Tetanus-diphtheria (Td), Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap), and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
*Screening labs are sent to an outside lab and billed directly to the student’s insurance plan. For those on the Student Health Insurance Plan, many routine labs (cholesterol, HIV screening, etc) and vaccines are covered at 100% when performed at SHS.
Referrals (for students on the Student Health Insurance Plan)
Students with medical conditions requiring evaluation or treatment that is beyond the scope of services offered at Student Health may be referred to the appropriate specialist after initially being evaluated by Student Health. The policy for specialty referral requires:
- Referrals must originate at Student Health Services prior to the initial specialty consultation. Some insurance companies do not require this; however this requirement must be followed if you are enrolled in the health insurance plan for MUSC students. Students bypassing this procedure will be responsible for all charges incurred with no exceptions.
- Students must return to SHS before going to a secondary referral made by the initial specialty provider. All referrals must originate from SHS.
- Referrals will not be given for cosmetic reasons.
- Prior to seeking specialty care outside Student Health, students are encouraged to review the benefits of their insurance plan (to determine their plan’s coverage of referrals, surgery, office procedures, laboratory, radiographic studies, and any out-of-pocket costs). Students are responsible for payment of any charges not covered by their insurance plan. Student Health is not responsible for payment of any charges resulting from specialty referrals.
Services Not Provided by Student Health Services
- Emergency Medical Care – Student Health is an ambulatory care clinic and does not have the necessary laboratory/imaging equipment for the evaluation and treatment of medical emergencies. In the event of life-threatening conditions, seek immediate care at the nearest ER or dial 911.
- Surgical procedures (outpatient or inpatient).
- Cost of inpatient medical care and hospitalization.
- Cost of prescribed outpatient therapy (physical therapy, chiropractor care, occupational therapy, etc.).
- Evaluation and Treatment of Cognitive Learning Disorders (ADD/ADHD, etc.)
- Payment for prescription drugs.
- Routine eye care (refraction, prescription glasses, contact lens care, etc.).
- Routine dental care.
- Ambulance services.
- Obstetrical care.
- Male and female fertility evaluations.
- Dependents’ health care.
- Laboratory or radiographic studies not ordered by providers at SHS.
- Laboratory or radiographic studies not believed to be medically indicated by SHS.
- Services when not actively enrolled in classes. Students are eligible for medical care beginning the first day of classes and ending when student is no longer involved in semester coursework (Graduation, Leave of Absence, Withdraw from enrollment).